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Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.
Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.
Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.
Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.
Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.
Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.
In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.
Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.
In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.
Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.
Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
In 2016 Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti in which the leading single work reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She also announced a supporting tour for the album which see's Rihanna travelling the world.
Other Ventures: Rihanna has released five different perfumes since 2011 (Reb'l Fleur,Rebelle, Nude, Rogue and RiRi). She also announced in 2014 that she was to release an aftershave for men entitled 'Rogue Man'.
Rihanna has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics on creating her own make up line called 'RiRi hearts MAC' in 2013. She also has endorsements with Nivea, Budweiser and Kodak.
Rihanna's first television program Styled to Rock premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. This saw numerous British designers over a ten week period compete in different challenges in order to win the prize of dressing Rihanna for one of her events.
She has also collaborated with British high street fashion brand River Island on four of their collections in 2013. In 2014 Rihanna announced that she was to become the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma overseeing the brand's women's clothing range. In the following year (2015) Rihanna was chosen to be the face of Dior which made her the first black woman to be the face for the company.
In 2016 Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik to create an all denim shoe collection.
Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013 Rihanna confirmed that she was dating Chris Brown once again. However in May 2013 Brown stated that the couple had broken up for the second time. In 2016 rumors emerged that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were dating as they have been spotted together numerous times.
Rihanna had accidentally fuelled the fire by liking a fan comment hinting that the Grammys were unfairly favouring Beyonce.
28 year old RiRi was bestowed with eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards earlier this week, while Beyonce received nine. Nothing controversial there, you might think, as their respective albums ANTI and Lemonade both sold in their millions and received great reviews.
However, some fans have speculated that there might be trouble between the pair as Beyonce’s album and single ‘Formation’ both received nods for Album and Song of the Year, while Rihanna’s work did not, with ‘Work’ only getting picked for Record of the Year (which rewards engineers and producers as well as the artist).
Continue reading: Rihanna Denies Rumours She's Feuding With Beyonce
Rihanna returned to the country of her birth as Barbados celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, and met with the young royal twice in one day.
RiRi met up with the 32 year old prince in the capital Bridgetown on Wednesday afternoon (November 30th) and appeared to quickly become friends, later being spotted sitting next to each other at the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert at the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground later that evening.
Rihanna met with Prince Harry on the 50th anniversary of Barbados' independence
Continue reading: Prince Harry Meets Rihanna During Barbados Independence Celebration
Drake once again dominated Spotify's annual Wrapped feature, being named the most streamed artist and claiming the most streamed track and album.
Another year, another strong showing for Drake at the top of Spotify’s annual lists of the most streamed music of the last 12 months.
On Thursday morning (December 1st), the streaming giant released its annual feature Wrapped, which reveals the artists that have made the biggest impression on the previous year in music.
The 30 year old Canadian rapper, who released his fifth album Views back in April, completely dominated in all categories in which he was eligible, claiming the titles for most streamed track (for ‘One Dance’), for most streamed album (Views) and the world’s most streamed artist.
Continue reading: Drake Dominates Spotify End Of Year Lists
The Canadian rapper had been due to perform on Saturday night at the VIP ROOM in Dubai.
Drake reportedly failed to show up to a concert he was scheduled to perform at an Abu Dhabi nightclub last weekend, despite reportedly being paid nearly $250,000 for the show.
The 30 year old Canadian rapper, who scored a worldwide chart-topping album with Views earlier this year, was nowhere to be seen on Saturday night (November 26th) at a planned event at the VIP ROOM in Dubai.
Drake had been scheduled to perform at a club in Abu Dhabi
For Luc Besson's latest foray into the sci-fi stratosphere, he has decided to bring the popular graphic novel 'Valérian and Laureline' to life in a screen adaptation; Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne have been cast in the lead roles of Valerian and Laureline respectively.
A remix of The Beatles' much loved track 'Because' from their 1969 classic album 'Abbey Road' can be heard sound tracking the trailer.
Set thousands of years in the future, Valérian and Laureline journey far and wide around the universe at the behest of the government in charge of the human territories. Their mission is to keep the peace and make sure order is continually maintained. Valérian can't help but be enamoured by Laureline obvious beauty and strong mentality but she is hesitant toward his advances and tries to keep their relationship as professional as can be.
Swift earned $170 million from June 2015 to June 2016 - more than twice the amount Adele did.
Given that she hasn’t released any new music in nearly two years, it will probably come as a surprise to that Taylor Swift has swept aside all competition to be named as the highest-earning female in music in 2016 by Forbes magazine.
Earning an eye-watering $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 – a time period covering most of the second half of her massively lucrative 1989 World Tour – the 26 year old singer raked in more than twice the amount that her nearest rival, Adele, earned in the same period ($80.5 million).
Taylor Swift is the highest-earning female in music in 2016
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Tops Forbes List Of The Highest Earning Women In Music
32 year old Shirlene Quigley, a professional dancer who has worked with Rihanna, Beyonce and many more, has been missing since the early hours of Sunday morning.
Rihanna has taken to social media to notify her fans about the reported disappearance of her friend Shirlene Quigley, a back-up dancer who has worked on several occasions with her and also the likes of Missy Elliott and Beyonce.
A police search has been triggered for the woman, who was last seen getting on a bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City in the early hours of Sunday morning (around 01:00am local time). Quigley’s father, who usually receives a phone call every night from his daughter, became concerned when he didn’t hear from her.
Continue reading: Rihanna Posts Emotional Plea To Find Missing Back-Up Dancer
Ne-Yo thinks a collaboration with Rihanna is long ''overdue''.
The 37-year-old singer, who teamed up with the Bajan beauty in 2009 on the track 'Hate That I Love You', has admitted he is desperate to work with the 'Work' hitmaker on another hit record in the near future.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about the 28-year-old songstress, he said: ''We've been moving opposite directions - not with animosity or anything like that.
Continue reading: Ne-Yo Thinks A Collaboration With Rihanna Is Long 'overdue'
RiRi joined the former Beatles legend onstage to perform their 2015 collaboration 'FourFiveSeconds' at 'Oldchella' over the weekend.
The Barbadian-born pop megastar took to the stage during McCartney’s headline slot on Saturday (October 15th) at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California – a gathering that also included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who and The Rolling Stones and has been dubbed ‘Oldchella’.
McCartney played the 'Oldchella' Desert Trip festival over the weekend
Continue reading: Rihanna Joins Paul McCartney Onstage At Desert Trip
The couple were thought to have split, but reports say they’re just not exclusive anymore.
The pair seemed to be hot and heavy all summer long, but earlier this week they were reported to have split, with Drake rumoured to have moved on with model India Love.
Rihanna and Drake are said to be still together, just not exclusively
Continue reading: Rihanna And Drake Are In An "Open Relationship"
Date of birth
20th February, 1988
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